Thursday, August 06, 2009

Check This Out

Ballard Carnegie Library

This old library building is a few blocks from my house. It's crazy to think that, when Carnegie was building these around the country, that books weren't commonly available to the general public, and that checking out a book to read, for free, was a novel idea.

1 comment:

ParticleJam said...

Another point - at that time a book was valuable. The time and energy and costs of production made a book have some sort of base value, regardless of the content. Flash forward to today, where books are considered throw-away or disposable items by the majority of people.

In the Internet age we are starting to value the information (or content) over the method of presentation (physical/electronic). If you take a moment to think about it, that is a remarkable evolution is a very short period of time. It will be interesting to see what other changes happen as a result of that evolution.

That said, I love my books and would happily give up my Internet access before I give up my books. Seriously.